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  • Assassination Nation

    Assassination Nation


    The forced edginess is decidedly un-edgy, and the satire and social commentary are shallow despite, or maybe because of, the in-your-face extremes. Starts (lamely) with “trigger warnings,” but never effectively pulls them off or provokes while delivering exactly what was promised.

    The two scenes of a speaker confronting an angry, faceless crowd briefly scratch beneath the surface nonsense. The big long take is kind of neat. 

    The rest is, in the parlance of this faux woke slog, *shoulder shrug emoji*

  • White Boy Rick

    White Boy Rick


    See how poor they are?
    And then this wild stuff happens.
    Then that.
    Then this other thing.
    See how poor they still are?
    More stuff happens.

    Bland storytelling hitting the true story behcmarks. Some questionable editing and pacing- how long was he holding on to that giant plush bird? 

    Merritt is good.

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  • How It Ends

    How It Ends


    How it ends? Pretty terribly. Beginning and middle not too great, either. Some gorgeous exterior shots, though.

  • Videodrome



    Part of Criterionucopia 2012

    At one point in David Cronenberg’s “Videodrome” low rent cable TV producer Max Renn asks what Freud would say about a woman in a red dress…

    I wonder what Freud would say about a vaginal cavity in Max’s chest that has videotapes inserted into it for the purpose of mind control; oh, and also can melt people’s arms and makes for handy gun storage. If presented with this, I think maybe Freud’s head would explode like…